Doctors’ strike in Angola begins December 6th
The National Union of Doctors of Angola (Sinmea) announced on Tuesday a national strike starting on 6 December demanding a “special remuneration system, payment of subsidies and better working conditions,” despite the ministry of health’s “openness to negotiation
The announcement of the strike, scheduled between 6 and 10 December in all health units in all of the 18 provinces of Angola, was presented today at a press conference by Pedro da Rosa, secretary-general of Sinmea.
According to the union official, the strike was deliberated at a general meeting of doctors, held on 20 November, in Luanda, with around 400 doctors and a further 1,500 who took part remotely.
The health professionals deliberated a five-day strike, and for the duration of the strike, minimum services will be provided in the emergency and intensive care units.
“Ward activities and outpatient consultations will be suspended,” said the Sinmea leader.
The need for a special wage regime, payment of allowances, “better working conditions, lack of expendable material and medicines in hospital units and the increase in the mortality rate of minors” are some of Sinmea’s concerns.
He said there was a “glaring lack of essential medicines to combat endemic diseases such as malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, respiratory diseases, particularly tuberculosis.
“New health units have been created as part of the PIIM (Integrated Programme for Intervention in Municipalities) with an increase in the number of beds, but doctors and nurses are not being recruited in these hospitals,” Pedro da Rosa noted.